Leaving everything most loved : a novel / Jacqueline Winspear.
Booklist Reviews 2013 March #1
Months after Usha Pramal is murdered in London, Scotland Yard—having declared the crime a cold case—contracts with Maisie Dobbs for help. But the day before psychologist and investigator Maisie is to meet with Usha's friend and fellow countrywoman Maya Patel, Maya is killed in the same manner as Usha. Maisie wonders who would have wanted to kill Usha, by all accounts an exceptionally beautiful, caring, and well-educated woman who comforted others with her touch and remedies. As Maisie looks into the status of Indian women in England, her own desire to travel deepens, leading to further conundrums involving both her would-be fiancé, James Compton, and her business. The cross-cultural theme adds another dimension to Winspear's London of 1933, with its lingering traces of World War I and ominous rumblings of World War II. This tenth Maisie Dobbs mystery continues the series' high quality, capturing a time and place and featuring a protagonist as compassionate as she is intuitive. A fine historical mystery with broad appeal. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.
PW Reviews 2013 January #3
Agatha-winner Winspear broadens her heroine's horizons while offering only routine sleuthing in her solid 10th Maisie Dobbs mystery (after 2012's Elegy for Eddie). In the summer of 1933, Maisie feels a desire to travel abroad to gain the kind of experience and understanding of other cultures that stood her late mentor, Dr. Maurice Blanche, in such good stead. Meanwhile, Detective Inspector Caldwell of Scotland Yard needs her help on a case. Two months after the discovery of the body of Usha Pramal, an Indian woman serving as governess for an English family, in a Camberwell canal, the trail of the person who shot her dead has gone cold. In her search for answers, Maisie develops a strong empathy for the murder victim, who wished to found a school for underprivileged girls. The tribulations of Maisie's employees and her ambivalence about a marriage proposal tend to overshadow the detection. Agent: Amy Rennert, Amy Rennert Agency. (Mar.)[Page ]. Copyright 2012 PWxyz LLC